Summer 2021 Research Student Positions

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in Williams Lake has three Research Student positions available from approx. May 3 to September 3, 2021 (18 weeks).
Salary: Bi-weekly (70 hours) STO13 $1832.71 ($26.18/hr)

Interests and Qualifications:
The candidate must be interested in research and have the patience to produce quality work. Knowledge of GPS, tablets (for field data collection), compasses, 4X4 trucks, maps and first aid is an asset. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be physically fit. Field work will involve sustained walking and carrying equipment in hilly terrain.
Further details related to each of the three positions are provided here:

Position 1: Regional Forest Pathologist and Forest Entomologist Resource Assistant

  • The student will work in a field-based position to support the regional forest pathologist and/or entomologist. The student will collect data and conduct surveys for root disease, Elytroderma needle cast, foliage diseases, Douglas-fir tussock moth, hemlock looper, and other forest health agents in the Cariboo Region. Other duties may include planning of field work (i.e. organizing supplies and equipment required to complete field work), maintaining equipment, data management and data summarization.

Position 2 and 3: Silvicultural Systems Resource Assistant

  • The students will work in field-based positions to support silvicultural systems research program in the Cariboo Region. The students will collect growth and yield data, and vegetation / forage data in an interior Douglas-fir long-term trial in mule deer winter range located in the Alex Fraser Research Forest (EP903). They will also maintain plots and measure trees in a deep snowpack mule deer winter range project located in the Interior Cedar Hemlock zone (EP1212) near Horsefly Lake. The students will help with Douglas-fir bark beetle management activities and collect data from EP1367 (Douglas-fir partial cutting trial) near Farwell Canyon and possibly other trials in the Cariboo Region. Other duties include planning of field work (i.e., organizing supplies and equipment required to complete field work), maintaining equipment, data management and data summarization. The trial sites are within daily driving distance of Williams Lake.


EP903 Knife Creek
EP1212 Viewland Mountain
EP1367 Farwell Canyon

Additional Information:

  • Williams Lake is a friendly city with all the amenities of larger centers.
  • The surrounding area supports a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking.


If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Cheryl Williston – Team Lead at Cheryl.Williston@gov.bc.ca

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